Greenlots, a leading provider of grid-enabled EV smart charging solutions, announced that it has been selected to participate in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) new EV Charge Network program as a technology and services provider. Greenlots will support a full suite of efforts within the program’s scope, including site recruitment; installation, operation and maintenance of EV chargers; and delivery of its software and mobile app to site hosts and drivers. Through the program, PG&E will install 7,500 EV chargers at multi-unit dwellings and workplaces across Northern and Central California over the next three years.
With EV sales rapidly increasing across the globe, utilities are taking a larger role in building out the necessary charging infrastructure and integrating it with their existing systems and programs. On the heels of a major investment from the leading coalition of utilities – Energy Impact Partners – Greenlots is well-positioned to empower utilities to make this major market shift and meet this dynamic load growth sustainably.
The program will ensure that businesses including apartment buildings, condominiums and workplaces such as universities in PG&E’s service area will get the charging infrastructure they need to support tenants, customers, and employees. Customer sites participating in the EV Charge Network program will be able to choose charging equipment from a list of pre-qualified vendors that meet quality and safety standards – including Greenlots.
Participating customers can choose to partner with Greenlots’ holistic approach to delivering turnkey charging solutions. To ensure broad customer choice, the company will partner with 4 hardware providers offering a range of solutions: Delta, SemaConnect, AeroVironment and EVBox. This program launch comes at a time when Greenlots’ network size and charger utilization rate continue to grow rapidly, especially in key EV markets including California. Over the past year, Greenlots’ California footprint grew, on average, 16 percent per quarter, while the company’s Californianetwork utilization grew at an average quarterly rate of 19 percent.
EV charging programs align with Governor Jerry Brown’s 2012 Executive Order calling for 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. The state legislature is currently considering a bill to mandate that 40 percent of all new car sales be electric by 2040, a milestone already within reach. EV adoption continues to grow in California; the next steps taken here to increase EV use and ownership will have significant market impacts and are likely to be used as a model nationwide.
“With over a quarter of U.S. EV drivers located in PG&E’s service area, it is critical that we ensure charging infrastructure is both reliable and broadly accessible,” said Brett Hauser, Greenlots CEO. “By participating in this program, Greenlots continues to chart a path towards a clean, electrified transportation future.”